RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant softball team captured the program’s seventh straight regional appearance Tuesday night during an 8-6 victory over host Ravenswood in a Class AA Region 1, Section 4 final in Jackson County.
The visiting Lady Knights (18-11) defeated the Red Devilettes (7-15) by an 8-0 count in the opening game of the best-of-3 series Monday night at PPHS, then quickly jumped out to a 7-1 advantage through four innings in the decisive Game 2.
RHS scored twice in the fifth to pull within 7-3, but Point countered with an insurance run in the top of the seventh for an 8-3 edge. Ravenswood came up with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within two, but the hosts’ late rally efforts ultimately came up short.
PPHS outhit the Lady Devilettes by an 11-8 overall margin and also committed only one of the three errors in the contest. Kaci Riffle was the winning pitcher of record after allowing six earned runs and seven hits in six-plus innings of work. Madison Barker worked an inning of scoreless relief to pick up the save.
Riffle led the Lady Knights with two hits, followed by Regan Cottrill, Sarah Hussell, Brooke Fisher, Kaitlin Liptrap, Ajay Adkins, Megan Davis, Bekah Darst, Brianna Shobe and Josie Fisher with one safety each. Adkins and Brooke Fisher each drove in an RBI, while Fisher also scored twice in the triumph.
On Monday, PPHS jumped out to a 6-0 edge through two complete and added a run apiece in the fifth and sixth frames — giving the hosts an 8-0 victory. The Lady Knights outhit the guests by a 6-2 margin, and Ravenswood committed both errors in the contest.
Barker allowed just two hits and walked one in the complete-game decision, as the freshman struck out eight over six frames.
Hussell led the Lady Knights with two hits, followed by Cottrill, Liptrap, Darst and Brooke Fisher with one safety each. Cottrill and Hussell each scored twice, while Hussell, Riffle, Darst and Brooke Fisher drove in an RBI apiece.